Alistair Rankin has many years of experience in the safari business as a guide, camp manager and managing director with renowned companies in South Africa. Based on this wealth of experience, he has been instrumental in setting up Machaba Safaris in Botswana since 2012 and is now successfully expanding into Zimbabwe. His wife Wendy Rankin is responsible for the reliable implementation and marketing of her husband's visions.
This camp originated as a family run safari business and the name Mwinilunga (pronounced Mwee-neeelooonga) is taken from the Mwinilunga district which is very close to the border where Zambia, Angola and the DRC meet.
Mana River Camp is positioned on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River nestled between this enormous perennial river and a much visited water pan.
There are 6 Sahara style tents in camp. The tents all look out onto the mightly Zambezi river and have their own veranda and deck chairs.Inside the tents the rooms itself has two single beds which can also be converted on request into a king size with bed linen of the highest quality. The bathroom area has a flushing toilet, hot and cold shower, heated with chip boilers. The tent is powered with inverter and solar lighting system. There is no charging facility in the tent. This can be done in the central Media Tent where all laptops, cameras and mobile phones can be charged during daylight hours.
This is a seasonal camp and only open between 1 May and 15 November
The sustainable operation of Machaba Safaris is based on solar technology, biological water treatment and residue-free waste management.
The Zambezi rivers offers and array of activities, especially for keen birders, and also photographers.
This area is also known for the big 5 so game viewing either on foot or game drive vehicle is very popular amongst the guests.
Canoeing and catch and release fishing is also available to guests.
Morning and late afternoon game drives.
Morning and/or late afternoon game walks with experienced Zimbabwean guides who are highly regarded due to Zimbabwe’s stringent examination procedures
Canoeing on request
Catch and release fishing